One of the more elegant forms of floor covering in late-eighteenth century America, plush woven, cut-pile carpets rarely survive today. This extraordinary example features the American eagle at its center, derived from the Great Seal of the United States, surrounded by borders of classical ornaments. Its design suggests it was intended for an official government building or residence, but its original purpose has not been discovered. More


c. 1802-1812



Wool, linen, cotton


Overall: 210 in. x 186 in. (533.4 cm x 472.44 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Sarah Yeates McElwee Whelen,1897

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